Friday, July 19th, 2013

MAC Illustrated Brush Kit
MAC Illustrated Brush Kit

MAC Illustrated Brush Kits ($49.50) are available in two selections, one for just face, one for face and eyes. Both kits come with a brush roll, which holds five brushes with a clear plastic flap that protects the brush heads. The brush roll itself is made out of a vinyl-like material. If you recently purchased any of the Illustrated bags, it’s made out of the same material as that. Smooth, slick plastic that’s not quite as shiny as vinyl. The brush roll has a 3/4″ wide black strap that ties the roll together. Each brush has a shiny black handle with a matte black ferrule.

All Over Brush Kit features the 168SE, 287SE, 224SE, 219SE, and 266SE. The 168SE is not as dense or as soft as the full-sized version, but it wasn’t scratchy. I actually felt like the 219SE was softer here than the one I have in full-size, but the 266SE is very scratchy and would work better for brows than on the lid. The 224SE seemed a bit floppy, but it wasn’t scratchy. The 287SE wasn’t scratchy and was soft when I patted and brushed it across my eyelid.

Face Brush Kit features the 129SE, 188SE, 190SE, and 195SE. The 129SE is a big longer and floppier compared to the full size version, which felt slightly denser, too, but it was as soft as my full-size (which isn’t my favorite brush, as it is somewhat scratchy at times). The 188SE is less dense and a bit floppy–seemed narrower at the base. The 190SE and 195SE seemed comparable to my full-size brushes.

Both kits are available exclusively at Nordstrom, as part of their Anniversary sale.

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MAC Illustrated Brush Kit
MAC Illustrated Face Brush Kit

MAC Illustrated Brush Kit
MAC Illustrated Brush Kit

MAC Illustrated Brush Kit
MAC Illustrated Brush Kit

MAC Illustrated Brush Kit
MAC Illustrated Face Brush Kit

MAC Illustrated Brush Kit
MAC Illustrated All-Over Brush Kit

MAC Illustrated Brush Kit
MAC Illustrated All-Over Brush Kit

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14 thoughts on “MAC Illustrated Brush Kits Reviews & Photos

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Agata Agata

    Christine, are you going to review the Mac Illustrated Face Kits too?

  2. Wow i’m actually quite tempted by the all over brush kit! Must resist! I NEED to invest in the fullsize, I know I will be much happier I did so in the long run.

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of SOLE SOLE

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT THE SIZE… HOW BIG ARE THEY ?

  4. I never go for the brush kits, but the 219 here sounds a lot better than the full size.

  5. Do you think the All Over Brush Kit is a good buy? Do you recommend it?

    • I wouldn’t buy MAC’s brush sets – I think they are, overall, inferior to full-sized brushes by MAC, but these days, you can get great brushes (full sized or not) from a variety of brands at this price point or less, so I just don’t see the reason other than for the name (if they were great, then that would be another story).

  6. Meredith

    I have to say I saw them in store today and was really disapointed. They seemed low quality to me. I have some brushes from sets I got from MAC years ago and they seem much better. Not impressed. Bummed.

  7. love the bow designs but hate the eyes! >_<

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy Amy Surphlis

    it is bad that I want to buy this just so I can have that cute case…they need to make that case in fullsize brush size thank you very much :P